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UMKC Wins Big in 2017-18 Home Opener
UMKC Athletics 12-2-2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s basketball team (1-6) put together a fantastic performance Saturday evening as they thoroughly dismantled the opposing Lincoln Blue Tigers (3-4) by a final score of 98-41. The game was the first regular season home game for first year head coach Jacie Hoyt.

After falling short in six road contests to open up year, the Roos came out and sent a message early that this game would have unfold quite differently. Lincoln briefly held a 6-5 lead at the 7:02 mark in the first quarter, but UMKC would storm out on a 47-16 run over the rest of the first half and would never look back.

Aries Washington (Kansas City, Mo.) continued her torrid offensive pace early on in the game. She scored 12 of the team’s 24 points in the first quarter and continued to be unstoppable as the game moved along. Washington finished the night with a new career-high 28 points on 11-of-16 (68.8%) shooting from the floor and 3-of-7 (42.9%) from three-point range.

In a game that was never closely contested, nearly everything was going right for the Roos as they picked up their first win of the season and the first victory for Coach Hoyt. Five players – Washington, Samantha Waldron (Omaha, Neb.), Paige Husa (Fairbury, Neb.), Kristen Moore (Chicago, Ill.) and Bri Stiers (Denver, Colo.) – scored in double figures and every player made contributions in a great team win.

Waldron, who had gone through a bit of a cold stretch shooting the ball in recent games, regained her touch and had an excellent all-around night. The senior guard ended with 17 points, shooting 5-of-8 (62.5%) from the field and knocking down a team-best five three-pointers. Waldron also collected five rebounds and dished out two assists in her performance.

Husa has seen playing time vary throughout the early portion of the schedule, but certainly made the most of her opportunity with extended minutes against Lincoln. She powered her way to 10 points, on an efficient 5-of-8 (62.5%) shooting, and also pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds. The double-double was Husa’s first of the season and only the team’s second this season.             

“Paige had a great performance of the bench,” noted Hoyt. “It is always great to see a kids hard work pay off, and she is one of our hardest workers.”

Stiers was another player who had not seen the floor regularly in the UMKC’s first six games, but looked impressive in the win over Lincoln. In just eight minutes on the court, the sophomore forward set a new career-high with 10 points on 3-of-4 (75%) shooting and making 4-of-5 free throws.

Daijane Dillard (Los Angeles, Calif.) also had a fantastic night running the point for a red-hot Roos team. She scored seven points but was able to get her teammates involved in the offense throughout the entire game, matching her career-high with a total of seven assists in the contest.

While it was a terrific offensive showing for the Roos, scoring the most points in a game since Nov. 29, 2016, the team did a wonderful job on the defensive end of the floor in addition to rebounding and ball control. The tenacious UMKC effort limited Lincoln to shooting just 15-of-54 (27.8%) from the field, while outrebounding the Blue Tigers in dominant fashion with a 49-25 edge. The Roos won the turnover margin was well, forcing 19 opponent miscues while committing 14 giveaways on the night.

“It felt really good to be back home and to play in front of our own fans on our own rims was great for our players after the road games in November,” said Hoyt. “We had some outstanding offensive performances tonight but I’m most proud of the way we took care of the ball and rebounded. Our defense has been great the last few games, so to get some offense going with that was great to see."

UMKC will look to claim another victory in front of their home fans when they host Oral Roberts on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast free of charge of on the WAC Digital Network and will have Live Stats available.

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